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The Prix de Lausanne Just Announced Its 2019 Finalists, and It Includes 4 From the U.S.

Mackenzie Brown, one of the four Prix de Lausanne finalists from the U.S. Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne.

Earlier today, 74 young dancers from 19 countries had their chance to take the stage at the Beaulieu Theater in Lausanne, Switzerland to compete in the 2019 Prix de Lausanne. A panel of nine esteemed judges including Gillian Murphy and Carlos Acosta chose 21 dancers to advance to Saturday's Finals.

Check out the complete list of finalists below.


Julia Shugart

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: United States

Age: 16

Jihyun Choi

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: South Korea

Age: 16

Mackenzie Brown

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: United States

Age: 16

Parker Garrison

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: United States

Age: 15

João Vitor Da Silva

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Brazil

Age: 15

António Ferreira

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Portugal

Age: 15

Noah Benzie-Drayton

Rodrigo Buas, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Australia

Age: 16

Shunhei Fuchiyama

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Japan

Age: 16

Carl Becker

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Germany

Age: 16

Benjamin Davidoff

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Belgium

Age: 16

Hang Li

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: China

Age: 16

Yoon Jung Seo

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: South Korea

Age: 17

Victoria Wardell

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Canada

Age: 17

Sumina Sasaki

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Japan

Age: 18

Beatriz Kuperus

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: United States

Age: 18

Mio Sumiyama

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Japan

Age: 18

Achille De Groeve

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Belgium

Age: 17

Yu Wakizuka

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Japan

Age: 17

Shuailun Wu

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: China

Age: 17

Gabriel Figueredo

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Brazil

Age: 18

Alexandre Joaquim

Gregory Bartadon, Courtesy Prix de Lausanne

Country: Portugal

Age: 18


The Selections came after a week of class and coaching by some of the ballet world's most prestigious teachers and directors; you can catch up on the live stream here. The dancers will reprise their classical and contemporary variations for the Finals, which will take place Saturday, February 9, at 2:30 pm Central European Standard Time (8:30 AM EST or 5:30 AM PST). The winners will receive school scholarships or company apprenticeships to some of the world's best ballet institutions. Lucky for us, the Finals will be live streamed on ARTE Concert, YouTube, Facebook and the Prix de Lausanne website.

Congratulations to the 21 selected dancers, and stay tuned for more!

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